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Adelaide Gaol

Old Gaol 18 Gaol Rd, Thebarton, West Torrens, South Australia 5000, Australia
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Experience what life was like behind bars for the prisoners who once called the Adelaide Gaol their home. Open for business from 1841 to 1988, the Gaol was one of Australia's longest continuously operational prison facilities. Over those gruelling 147 years, the Gaol housed some of the state's most notorious and dangerous criminals. Almost 300,000 prisoners whiled away some time at His (or Her) Majesty's pleasure, and 45 unfortunates were executed within its walls - including the only woman to be executed in South Australia. Step back in time and walk the hallways and cells of South Australia's first inmates. Experience what daily life in prison was really like. Wander along, lost in your own imagination and visit our interactive exhibition. If you're really lucky, you may catch a glimpse of one of our ghostly residents. Opening times: 9am - 5pm - 7 days a week Last entry for self-guided tours is at 4.00pm
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Old Gaol 18 Gaol Rd, Thebarton, West Torrens, South Australia 5000, Australia
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"self guided tour"
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"ghost tour"
in 20 reviews
"well worth a visit"
in 14 reviews
"few hours"
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"couple of hours"
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"information boards"
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"take your time"
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"on site"
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"front desk"
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"value for money"
in 5 reviews
"interesting information"
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"prison life"
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"night tour"
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"australian history"
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"interesting visit"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went with my teenage boys yesterday we took about two hours to see everything. It was so interesting and fun to explore. My two boys don’t like many things but they loved this and enjoyed the history.

Thank taitai144
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spent about 3 hours here exploring all of the gaol and it was so interesting. Loved learning the history of the gaol.

Thank Tinky255
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We walked to the Adelaide Gaol. The clerk was nice and she gave instructions how to visit the gaol. This prison had murderers, thieves, armed robbers and embezzlers. There was poor sanitation in that prison. There were rats, insects and harsh conditions. There were lots...More

Thank Robby G C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The early Australian history here is great, the map from the front counter was clear in detail and easy to follow. Would work well for kids to see how crime and penalty has evolved. Some great photos around the towers also.

Thank mgrocks
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My son (12) and I took the self guided tour and really enjoyed it. The museum had some really interesting features and sights to see. I think the museum has got the balance of its presentation just right; there has been some reconstruction, but not...More

Thank Lou_Devine
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Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

We stopped by the Gaol today and did the self guided tour. It is so informative and we both loved learning all about the place and some of the prisoners. Highly recommend!!! We spent about 3 hours there and it was really affordable.

Thank Julie C
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Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

Awesome place to visit can’t recommend highly enough!! Going back soon to do ghost tour. Friendly staff and they are more than happy to help!!

1  Thank sijo2018
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Reviewed 9 May 2018 via mobile

A group of work friends completed a ghost 👻 tour of the gaol What a great experience it was with lots of facts and stories to be told Recommend for sure.

1  Thank phamilton1503
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Reviewed 3 May 2018

I did the self-tour, and I have a fascination with prisons as I study them. Would potentially been a better experience if I'd gone with someone else, or had done the ghost tour, but it was a cheap and decent thing to do when by...More

1  Thank Taranicole349
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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

Still can’t believe it’s only been closed less than 30 years. Lots of info to read. Lady in shop very helpful gave us sun umbrellas and a water spay to keep cooler as it was hot. My daughter had just as much fun with these...More

1  Thank rach73
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